August 2, 1907

Stehekin Notes

Special Correspondence

Messrs. Hunter and Allyn returned uplake Friday from a visit to their sheep camp.

Manager Thos. Pattison of the Richards Lumber company, at Lakeside, and Ed Green, of Chelan, registered at Hotel Field Monday noon.

Walter M. Olive, one of Wenatchee’s most rustling and enthusiastic business men, is registered at Hotel Field, coming uplake Friday.

Mrs. Mark Jeffrey, of Lakeside, accompanied by her mother and two visiting sisters, were overnight visitors at the head of the lake this week.

Hon. J.H. Easterday, state tax commissioner, and State Senator Walter Christian, both of Tacoma, are enjoying the hospitalities of Hotel Field.

G.S. Duffield and wife, of Denver, Colo., are taking in the fine scenery and pure air of upper Lake Chelan this week, as the guests of Hotel Field.

Messrs. Clemmer and Ten Eyck, a pair of Chelan’s G.A.R. veterans, and their wives are camping at Stehekin this week and having a jolly time.

Quite a pleasant and cooling shower fell here Sunday evening an on Monday afternoon there were some electrical discharges, but more threats than rainfall.

J.A. Trost, the well-known Tacoma mining men, accompanied by Ed Green, came uplake Monday en route to work assessment on some North Bridge creek property.

Frank Turner and daughter Etta, of Chelan Falls, accompanied by Mr. Turner’s brother who lives on the upper Okanogan, are guests of Hotel Field for a week or two.

Manager W.V. Tukey of the Chelan Transfer Co. accompanied by Mrs. Tukey and little son, came up on the Lady of the Lake for a few days’ recreation at this delightful resort.

Geo. B. Adair, a prominent Seattle business man, with his wife and two attractive daughters, who spend a portion of each succeeding year as guests of this popular house, departed for home on Thursday’s steamer via Chelan.

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. E. Merritt, accompanied by their father, H.N. Merritt, departed down lake Thursday, after an enjoyable four or five days visit at Stehekin. The old gentleman returned to Stehekin Monday.

The state trout hatchery at Stehekin, under the capable superintendency of Mr. W.B. Hobart, is through with the hatching of spawn for this season, but has about a million of the last hatch to feed for a while before turning them loose in the lake.

E.B. Curtis, of Seattle, who is interested with Henry F. Buckner in mining and other business operations in the upper Chelan valley, arrived here Saturday en route to Bridge Creek, but will await the arrival of Mr. Buckner, who is expected in Tuesday or Wednesday.

Messrs. Myrl Higley of Lakeside, G.D. Potter, of Chelan, and W.S. Kirkman, of Walla Walla, and Harold M. Watson, of Harverene, came up to the head in a gasoline launch Friday. Mr. Kirkman remained overnight, returning to the foot of the lake on the Lady Saturday.

The first of the week Messrs. M.E. Field, W.C. Sutton, W.V. Tukey and G.S. Duffield, the latter a Denver man, took a boat about three miles up the Stehekin and came down that raging torrent in the boat. It was an exhilarating boat ride and the party made a handsome catch of trout, the larges one weighing 6 ½ lbs.

W.H. Fluhart and a crew of miners came in from the west side last week from a pack train after supplies and started Sunday morning for Thunder creek, where the Fluharts are interested in developing what promises to be an extremely valuable mining property. B.E. Fluhart, another brother, came in from Seattle on Monday’s boat.

Rainbow Falls, now in its glory with a great rush of waters, is a great show place and drawing card for the guests of hotel Field and is visited daily by numbers of people, on foot or with a team. It is only three miles distant, with a good road and a pleasant trip. It is one of the prettiest falls in the mountains.

The guests of Hotel Field have enjoyed a rare musical diversion this season. Mrs. Squires, daughter-in-law of ex-Senator Squires, has been recuperating here for nearly three months. She is a singer and player of superior ability and experience on the stage, having a strong yet sweet and melodious voice. Nearly every evening finds her at the piano, affording pleasure to all hearers with delightful vocal and instrumental music.

Last week, while Frank McCauley and Major J.W. Horton were prospecting on Flat Creek, the latter sustained a sever injury to one of his legs from a rock slide. His partner managed by considerable exertion to get the Major to Bridge Creek, where he is being taken care of and is recovering as speedily as could be expected of one of his advanced age. Mr. McCauley who is in the employ of Hotel Field, returned to this point Sunday.

Hotel Field enjoyed the presence of a most distinguished guest the latter part of the week in the person of Hon. James Wilson, secretary of agriculture and one of the most noted members of President Roosevelt’s cabinet. He went out fishing in the afternoon, and remarked to your correspondent that the last time he had fished was in the Gulf of Mexico, and he would be able to say that he had fished from the Gulf of Mexico to near the British line. Speaking on question of forest reserves, he said that it was not the policy of the government to injure any citizen or retard the growth of any community, but to save the forest from the rapacious grasp of grafters for the benefit of the nation. In New England, also in the South the people were clamoring for the government to purchase tracts and establish forest reserves. The people of Washington state were fortunate in having these reserves already established thus early. The Secretary who wished to see something of the Washington reserve for himself was accompanied by his son Jasper Wilson, E.T. Allen of Portland, Ore., and Forest Supervisor Geo. W. Milham, of Chelan. Mr. Wilson was very much pleased with the lake and had no hesitation in saying he believed this section gave promise of a great and prosperous future.